The goal for our estate planning clients is: simplicity for their loved ones. Each of these women used a basic trust to deliver their assets outside of the probate court’s lengthy and expensive involvement. Trusts may be confusing at first, but with a proper consult, the benefits often become clear. Here is how trusts work:
By defining roles of benefit and management of assets, a client can serve both roles during their life. When they pass away, the roles remain in place, filled by their spouse or children. This structure allows assets to be managed and sold immediately after the client’s death. Without this type of planning, assets, like real estate, will become frozen after death. Family members must then navigate the probate courts, paying large fees for the court, attorneys, newspapers, accountants, etc.
The families of our three lost clients serve as shining examples of probate avoidance. By the way, their basic trust planning was inexpensive, as well.